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Figures compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union show many new democracies are electing a higher percentage of women than Western democracies.
Who Leads Us is a website which compares the characteristics of those elected to US assemblies with those of the citizens they serve.
The IPU and the UN have produced the Global Parliamentary Report, a comprehensive look at the relations between parliaments and citizens.
Higher levels of economic inequality lead to weaker representation of the less affluent, finds research by the University of Lausanne, the University of Mannheim and the University of Berne.
Marian Sawer of Australian National University suggests quotas are needed in Australian politics to boost the low number of female parliamentarians.
The University of Pittsburgh's Melanie Hughes reviews the book Contagious Representation by Frank Thames and Margaret Williams.
Joy McCann of the Australian Parliamentary Library takes a comprehensive look at electoral gender quotas around the world.
Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, asks if career politicians are really able to represent the interests of their constituents.
Bronwyn Bishop, former Speaker of Australia's House of Representatives, argues Parliament remains the bulwark for individual freedom
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